Cobb Schools Board Member Q&A: David Banks, Post 5

Question: How long have you been on the school board? 

Answer: “I have served as a member of the Cobb Board of Education for 11.5 years. I joined the board in January 2009.” 

Question: How long have you lived in Cobb County? 

Answer: “When I moved to Cobb County in 1969—50 years ago—Parkaire was still an airport. Roswell Road and Johnson Ferry Road had a caution light, and they were two-lane roads.”  

Question: Superintendent Ragsdale often says Cobb is the best place to teach, lead, and learn. What  impresses you the most about our team?  

Answer: The CCSD Executive Staff is responsive to the needs of students and their future needs to be successful in the path they choose. As you know technology has had a significant impact on education, so it requires rapid adjustment on how academic progress is made. The Cobb County School District, under the leadership of Superintendent Chris Ragsdale, has been an innovative leader on how teaching, leading, and learning is implemented.” 

Question: What are you looking forward to in the 2019-2020 school year?  

Answer: I’m looking forward to advancing the STEM program in more schools, adding more virtual reality into the curriculum, and putting more emphasis on robotics. Several schools have robotics teams who have won both state and national competitions. Hightower Trail Middle School has a drone program embedded into their academic program and Pope and Lassiter are also moving into this area. 

Secondly, I’m looking forward to the opportunity to meet more parents and understand their desires for their child. I am fortunate to have a Post where most parents are very involved in the education of their child and value the learning process for the future.” 

Question: What was your favorite memory from the 2018-2019 school year?  

Answer: “It is always Graduation. The Class of 2019 was in the 2nd grade when I became a CCSD Board Member. As a Board Member, I see the beginning of the learning process and the end of the learning process. I am always impressed by the scores, extracurricular activities students are involved in, and how many go on to higher education. I am also impressed by how many students are involved in the Fine Arts programs and how many are involved in sports.” 

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Mr. Banks rides the bus to Sedalia Park Elementary School with veteran bus driver Claudette Petsch on the first day of school August 1.